MASTERCLASSES

Fridays from 2–4 pm,
June 22 & 29, July 6 & 13

Masterclasses allow the audience to experience firsthand how chamber music is refined and brought to a whole new level. A visiting artist, ensemble, or faculty member will work with student groups, offering insights on interpretation and style. 

Admission $10 at the door


The Shanghai Quartet: Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violins, Honggang Li, viola, Nicholas Tzavaras, cello

The Shanghai Quartet: Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, violins, Honggang Li, viola, Nicholas Tzavaras, cello

Friday, June 22 – The Shanghai Quartet

Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center

Renowned for passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, they have performed throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, from the Beijing International Music Festival to Carnegie Hall and the Beethoven Festival in Prague. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Wu Man and Peter Serkin. The Quartet has a long history of championing new music and recently premiered new works by Bright Sheng, Carl Vine and David Del Tredici. Their extensive discography of more than 30 recordings includes the complete String Quartets of Beethoven as well as the Schumann and Dvorak piano quintets with Rudolf Buchbinder. Since 2002, the Shanghai Quartet has been artist-in-residence at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University. The ensemble celebrated its 34th Anniversary in 2017.


Enso String Quartet: Susie Park and Ken Hamao, violins, Melissa Reardon, viola, Richard Belcher, cello

Enso String Quartet: Susie Park and Ken Hamao, violins, Melissa Reardon, viola, Richard Belcher, cello

Friday, June 29 – Enso String Quartet

Zion Episcopal Church, 5167 Main Street, Manchester Center

Enso String Quartet has been described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet has won numerous awards and has performed in many of the United States’ most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Recent international tours have taken the quartet to Colombia, Brazil, and a 25-city, 30-concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. Frequent guests at many summer festivals and sought-after teachers and coaches, Enso String Quartet has performed at festivals throughout the United States. In 2015 the quartet started the highly successful Enso Chamber Music Workshop for advanced students and young professional musicians at Music Mountain in Connecticut. Apart from a busy touring and teaching schedule, the New York-based quartet has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label. The ensemble gives masterclasses for the next generation of professional musicians, and also works with enthusiastic amateurs, young and old, and in conjunction with the United Kingdom-based organization Music for Autism. Based in New York City since 2007, the Enso String Quartet has held residency positions at Rice University in Houston, Texas, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, and at Northern Illinois University.


Horszowski Trio:  Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano

Horszowski Trio:  Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano

Friday, July 6 – Horszowski Trio

Zion Episcopal Church, 5167 Main Street, Manchester Center

Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV-ski) takes inspiration from musicianship, integrity, and humanity of its namesake, the great pianist Mieczysław Horszowski. Concert engagements have taken them on tour throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. They are scheduled to make their debut in Mexico at the Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende in 2018 and their Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2019. Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and D’Indy—all composers Mieczysław Horszowski knew—was released by Bridge Records in the fall of 2014. The album was a featured Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International. Their next recording, in collaboration with violist Masumi Per Rostad, will comprise the complete piano quartets of Brahms. The Trio has particularly championed the music of Joan Tower, whose work, For Daniel, they have performed on stages across the U.S. and overseas, and have recorded as part of a series of chamber music recordings in celebration of Ms. Tower's 75th birthday. Electric Earth Concerts, a festival in New Hampshire, commissioned a new work for the Trio from Eric Moe, Welcome to Phase Space, which premiered in 2014, and Chamber Music America commissioned a work for the Trio from Andreia Pinto-Correia, which premiered in 2017 for the San Jose Chamber Music Society. The Horszowski Trio is based in New York City, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at Boston's Longy School of Music.


The Indianapolis Quartet:  Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins, Michael Isaac Strauss, viola, Austin Huntington, cello

The Indianapolis Quartet:  Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins, Michael Isaac Strauss, viola, Austin Huntington, cello

Friday, July 13 – The Indianapolis Quartet

Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center

The Indianapolis Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, is an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians whose global reputations and history of performance successes have established the Quartet as a quintessential example of musical excellence in the Midwest. Founded in 2016 through a collaboration between esteemed University faculty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Quartet has since performed to capacity crowds and continued the tradition of artistic and culture significance at the University of Indianapolis. The Quartet performs in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, an award-winning performance space, art gallery and working classroom that hosts a number of performances a year to an established and evolving arts and culture community. The talents of the individual Quartet members are impressive in their own right, and collectively the group is destined to showcase to the world the dynamic and innovative musical heritage that exists in Indianapolis and the Midwest. The ensemble had several scheduled performances for 2017–2018 and will continue expand its scope to regional, national and international audiences. The members have performed with some of the top concert orchestras in the world, and future collaborations will allow the Quartet to expand its repertoire to new audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance styles.